NALIP Honors Gaby Natale with Trailblazer Award
Los Angeles, July 7th – Media entrepreneur and personality Gaby Natale received NALIP’s Trailblazer award in Hollywood during the past edition of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Media Summit.
“NALIP is a proud supporter of Latinas who take the initiative to create and move their projects forward”, said Margie Moreno, Board Chair of NALIP and Programming VP for NBC Universo.
“It was an honor to award Gaby Natale with the NALIP Digital Trailblazer Award as she graced us with powerful and moving words that will serve to inspire many other upcoming ‘SuperLatinas”. The Trailblazer Award session was moderated by Ana Flores, founder of Latina Bloggers Connect and NALIP’s board member.
Natale recently made history when she and her company, AGANARmedia, won two Daytime Emmy® Awards. It was the first time that an independent production agency targeting Hispanic audiences was recognized twice in the same night by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Below is a transcript of Natale’s speech addressing the role of women of color in the media industry. All the script is quotable, with attribution to Gaby Natale.
Thank you so much NALIP for supporting women of color!
I want to dedicate this award to the fearless MUJERES that came before me, and opened the door for Latinas like me to stand here today… The producers, executives and the Rita Morenos and Cristina Saraleguis of this world.
Thank you for showing us that nobody except ourselves can define our potential… and that calladita NO te ves mas bonita. No, you don’t look prettier when you are silent.
The role of women has changed more in the past few decades than at any time in history… and our industry needs to change with us.
Around the world, you are more likely to see a woman run a country than to see a woman run a TV network or a movie studio. That’s why independent production and NALIPs mission are so key to becoming game changers and making our voice heard.
The more we take control of producing our own shows, writing our own stories and directing our own movies, the closer we get to pay equality and non-stereotypical representation of women in media.
I can’t wait for the day when wearing a tight mini dress is no longer a “requirement” to anchor a weather segment, the day when age or waistline are not “limiting” factors in getting a job… The day when company boards look more like the world outside their buildings.
What inspires me is that in a world where we hear we should be building walls to keep us away from one another, women are building bridges to bring us together. Thank you!
The 2016 edition of the NALIP Media Summit invited all content creators to create and celebrate the accomplishments and innovations of this exciting and ever changing industry.
This year’s speakers included HBO’s President Len Amato, Endemol Shine CEO Cris Abrego, Jose Baston, president of Televisa and Oscar-winning director Juan Jose Campanella.
ABOUT GABY NATALE
Gaby Natale is an EMMY-award winner media personality, entrepreneur and influencer. She is the executive producer and host of the TV show SuperLatina that airs nationwide in PBS en español (VmeTV).
Gaby Natale is one of the few women in the entertainment industry who owns not only the rights to her TV show but also a television studio. This unique situation has allowed her to combine her passion for media and her entrepreneurial spirit.
On May 2016, Gaby and SuperLatina won the Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Spanish Language Program and Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish, respectively, making it a first for an independently-produced Spanish language show.
In the digital world, Gaby has developed a thriving fan base, with over 50 million views on Youtube (growing at a pace of 1 million per month) and 87,000 Twitter followers of @GabyNatale.
She is also the co-founder and President of AGANARmedia, a marketing company with a focus on Hispanic audiences. AGANARmedia’s clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Co., AT&T, Ebay and Amazon, to name a few.
Gaby’s upcoming project includes the launch of Celebrastic, a mobile app and digital platform dedicated to special events and celebrations.
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs for Latino content creators.
They stand as the premiere Latino media organization, addressing for 15 years the most underrepresented and the largest ethnic minority in the US. NALIP was founded in 1999 by a group of Latino Producers, content creators, academics and media advocates. To learn more visit: www.nalip.org
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